NAUBINWAY, MI. - David F. Frazier, Sr., 66, a lifelong Naubinway resident, died unexpectedly of natural causes in his deer blind on November 15, 2013.
Born on March 31, 1947 he was a son of 13 children of George & Beatrice (Pond) Frazier. Dave was raised in Naubinway by his step-father Albert "Tuffy" Frazier and his mother. Dave graduated from Engadine High School in the class of 1966. Following graduation, he attend Bay De Noc College. On May 18, 1974 he married the former Mary Martindale of Newberry. Together they lived in Naubinway where he was a commercial fisherman, the proud owner/operator/captain and, as of this last summer, a three generation family fishing vessel the "Echo." Because of his love and passion for the outdoors, he never considered his occupations as work. Dave was employed as a tribal conservation officer for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from 1979 -1982.
Since 1989 he was a member of the Garfield Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. He received the Fire Fighter of the Year award in 1993 and was an engineer and Safety Officer for the Dept. Dave was a US Army veteran serving from 1967 until his honorable discharge. He was a member of Post #290 of the American Legion in Engadine, the Big Mac Pak Snowmobile Club of Naubinway, and was a horseshoe league member at the Cove in Naubinway. He also served as the Garfield Twp. Sexton for over 20 years and was a proud member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. David loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events, no matter where they were competing. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Alex, George, Harold, and Bill; and his sisters; Mary Oven and Betty Stansbury.
David is survived by his wife Mary in Naubinway; and sons David (Debra) Jr. of Engadine and Kevin of Naubinway. Also surviving are 2 grandsons Zachary and Isak of Engadine; and his sisters; Larrie (Donald) Brackebury of Escanaba; Catherine Nolton, of Waterford; Barbara Davis of E. Lansing and Sarah (David) Walsh of Naubinway; and his brothers Peter (Betty) Frazier of Traverse City and Walter K. Frazier in Naubinway.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in Naubinway at the Christian Fellowship Church, and Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10:00 until the time of services. Services will be held at the Christian Fellowship Church in Naubinway at 11:00 am with Pastor Tim Miller officiating at the church and performing graveside services. Military Graveside honors provided by the American Legion Post #290 and Native American ceremonies will follow at Naubinway Cemetery in Naubinway.
Condolences can be expressed at beaulieu funeralhome.com
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family with their arrangements.